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Why Upgrading to a Programmable Thermostat Is Your Best Option

Posted by: A-1 Finchum Feb.20.2017

Did you know comfort accessories, such as programmable thermostats, can make your home more comfortable and efficient? You may be hesitant to spend the money to upgrade to a programmable thermostat, but it is well worth the small investment. When used wisely, a programmable thermostat can pay for itself within a very reasonable amount of time.

What Can Programmable Thermostats Do for You?

Programmable thermostats help maintain a consistent temperature in your home. This eliminates the need to constantly fiddle with the device to increase or decrease the heat or air pumping through your house. You simply set the temperature at a comfortable level and walk away, knowing your home will stay just right.       

Surely There’s More?

Programmable thermostats can be set to change by day and time. For example, why pay to heat or cool your home when no one is there? You can set your thermostat to a different temperature during the hours you are at work, saving both money and energy. Set the thermostat to bump the temperature up or down (depending on the season) about thirty minutes before you arrive home from work. This means you always come home to a comfortable house.

And most programmable thermostats will let you differentiate between weekdays and weekends. So when you are home during the day on Saturday and Sunday, the temperature stays where you like it.

How Do You Get a Programmable Thermostat?

Ready to cut your energy bills? If you are ready to upgrade to this money and energy saving comfort accessory, contact A-1 Finchum right away. Our experienced technicians can upgrade your system in no time at all.


How to Lengthen the Life of Your HVAC Unit

Posted by: A-1 Finchum Feb.13.2017

Regular service through a professional maintenance agreement is a key component in extending the life of your HVAC unit. At A-1 Finchum, we partner with you to keep your HVAC in the best shape possible. We offer maintenance agreements so you can be sure your HVAC unit is running efficiently every season of the year.

What Can I Do Between Maintenance Visits?

Your HVAC unit can last many years. There are several things you can do on your own between maintenance visits to help it last as long as possible:

  1. Change the filter every one to three months.
  2. Give it a rest. Let open windows and ceiling fans do the work on mild days.
  3. Keep ductwork, grills and vents clean. Dust your supply and return air vents regularly.
  4. Check condensate drains. Some condensation is normal, but blockages can damage parts of your HVAC unit.
  5. Keep vents unblocked and open. Blocking or closing vents can affect the balance of your system and even allow mold to develop in your ducts.
  6. Remove debris from the outdoor condensing unit.
  7. Change the humidifier water panel approximately twice each year

When Should I Call the Professionals for Maintenance?

You can perform much of the basic maintenance for your HVAC unit. However, preseason inspections are a crucial part of lengthening the life of your HVAC system. These inspections are part of A-1 Finchum’s maintenance agreements.

How Do I Get Started with a Maintenance Agreement?

You can contact A-1 Finchum at any time to begin a maintenance agreement. Don't wait until your HVAC unit starts showing signs of wearing down. Our experienced technicians are waiting to help you keep your HVAC system running optimally for as long as possible.


How Much Does My HVAC Affect My Energy Bill?

Posted by: A-1 Finchum Feb.06.2017

Many factors determine how much heating and air conditioning use affects your energy bill. One thing is certain: It can have a significant impact if you aren't careful. Fortunately, there are several ways to lower the cost of using your HVAC system.

What Variables Affect the Cost of Using My HVAC?

Of all the ways your HVAC can affect your utility bills, one variable you can't control is the climate in the area where you live. As you might imagine, locations with more extreme climates are going to cost more to regulate. However, other variables are within your control.

For example, you can reduce your energy bill by raising or lowering the temperature on your thermostat. Even a few degrees can make a noticeable difference in your bills but might not affect your comfort at all.

The quality and age of your HVAC system can also have a significant impact. If your system is more than seven years old, you might want to upgrade to an Energy Star certified system. Energy Star units are up to 30% more efficient, which means less energy cost to you and less of an impact on the environment.

What Else Can I Do to Reduce the Cost of Using My HVAC system?

There are other steps you can take to improve or maintain an efficient HVAC system:

  • Change the filter often
  • Have a professional tune up yearly
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Seal your heating and cooling ducts

Who Do I Contact If I Need Help?

If it's time for your yearly tune-up, or if you need to update your older HVAC system, contact A-1 Finchum’s qualified technicians. We can help ensure your heating and air conditioning system is not costing unnecessary energy and money


What is HVAC Short-Cycling and How Do I Identify It?

Posted by: A-1 Finchum Jan.23.2017

Are you looking for some troubleshooting tips for a short-cycling HVAC? When your HVAC is short-cycling, it means your air conditioner goes through its on-and-off cycles too frequently. When this happens, it makes it nearly impossible for your home to stay comfortable. To make matters worse, it can be a big drain on your energy bills. Short-cycling is a problem that requires immediate attention, as it can be very hard on all your air conditioning equipment.

What Does Short-Cycling Indicate?

Short-cycling can indicate a variety of issues. Your HVAC technician will use a process of elimination to determine if any of these apply:

• An oversized air conditioner: Many homes, especially newer ones, have an improperly sized unit.
• Clogged air filter: When your system’s air flow is blocked, it can cause the unit to overheat and shut down before a cycle is finished.
• Frozen evaporator coils: If your evaporator coils freeze over, your unit will not be able to function properly and will shut down
• Low refrigerant levels: Low refrigerant levels can cause your system to overheat and shut down.
• Electrical or control board issues: The control board must be working properly to determine when cycles should start and stop.

What to Do If Your A/C Is Short-Cycling?

If your air conditioning system is short-cycling, it is important to call your HVAC technician for assistance. Letting it continue to run this way can put a great deal of stress on your whole system.

Whether you are sure your AC is short-cycling or you are trying to decide if it is another issue entirely, our team at A-1 Finchum can help you to perform troubleshooting to get to the bottom of the problem. Contact us today!


Improve the Air Quality in Your Home Now

Posted by: A-1 Finchum Jan.20.2017

Are comfort accessories exactly what you need to maximize air quality in your home? These are not just luxuries; they can contribute greatly to your everyday comfort. The quality of air in your home can have a powerful effect on your life. It is something you cannot see, but you may be feeling.

Is your skin dry? Do you attract a lot of static electricity in your home? Do you feel like your thermostat should do more for you? Do you feel like regular cleanings are not doing enough to filter out the dust and toxins in the air? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you might want to upgrade your HVAC system. 

Are Comfort Accessories More than Just Frivolous Add-Ons?

Comfort accessories are HVAC products that improve the quality of the air in your home. Consider these examples of some of the most common comfort accessories homeowners appreciate:
• Humidifiers can combat the dryness and static that furnaces create.
• Higher quality thermostats can give you the flexibility and control you want to create a more comfortable temperature in your home.
• High-quality filters can help your family feel healthier and breathe easier all year long.

Every home and homeowner has a unique set of needs. If you are not happy with the air quality in your home, get in touch with our team at A-1 Finchum today to discuss which comfort accessories might be right for you.

Don’t put up with unnecessary discomfort and poor air quality. Most likely there is a budget friendly solution right for you, and A-1 Finchum can help you find it.


What to Look for in an HVAC Maintenance Visit

Posted by: A-1 Finchum Jan.13.2017

Have you considered the benefits of HVAC maintenance agreements? furnace is working hard in the background of your home. The truth is it needs regular attention to keep functioning optimally. Stay on top of your regular HVAC maintenance with an A-1 Finchum maintenance agreement. Our scheduled maintenance agreements include convenient pre-season visits to prepare your system for the season ahead. 

What You Can Expect from an HVAC Maintenance Agreement Appointment

At A-1 Finchum, we have a list of important checks we will make to ensure your HVAC is in optimal condition. These checks include:

• Oil the inside blower
• Oil outside air conditioner condenser motor
• Clean outdoor air conditioner coil
• Check refrigerant charge
• Check air filter
• Check amp draw & electrical controls for air conditioner

Our technicians will also alert you to any potential problems and discuss budget-friendly remedies for emerging issues. 

Other Services Provided as Part of Your Maintenance Agreement

Thinking ahead to the warmer months? It’s always a smart idea to be ready. When springtime arrives, we will come out for a pre-summer preventative maintenance visit. Our technicians will inspect and adjust your cooling system, making sure your home is ready for the spike in temperature that is sure to come.

Wishing you would have prepared more before winter hit? During a pre-winter preventative maintenance visit, our technicians thoroughly inspect your home’s heating system so you can be sure it is in the best state possible to keep your home warm and toasty. You can rely on our experienced technicians to catch any issues before they become major problems for your home. 

Sign Up for a Maintenance Agreement before You Have Problems

Don’t let your system get bogged down with normal wear and tear. Keep up with regular maintenance with a maintenance agreement through A-1 Finchum. We want to make sure your furnace and A/C units work properly and remain efficient for as long as possible. If it's time to schedule your next maintenance visit, or if you’d like to find out more about our HVAC maintenance agreements, contact our team today.